Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was settling into life at the Nou Camp when he scored his first Barcelona goal against Valencia on Sunday afternoon en route to a 4-1 win at the Mestalla
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The Gabon international was settling into life at the Nou Camp when he scored his first Barca goal against Valencia on Sunday afternoon en route to a 4-1 win at the Mestalla.
Aubameyang scored the opening goal for the away team before the old man Arsenal The star followed Frenkie De Jong’s attack to put Barcelona on cruise control at the break.
Carlos Soler pulled back a goal for the hosts, before Aubameyang restored Barca’s three-goal lead as he scored a hat-trick, a strike originally awarded to Pedri.
Aubameyang will be delighted to have put a bitter end to his time at Arsenal entirely behind his back following the public disappointment with Arteta that led to his departure.
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The writing on the wall is for the former Dortmund player after he was stripped of the captaincy and expelled from the first team after returning late from a sanctioned trip to France.
The Arsenal boss hinted at Aubameyang’s departure last week suggesting the 32-year-old’s poor application on the training ground was not up to the required standard, something that has been noticed by his teammates.
When asked if he could make Aubameyang more comfortable with his senior status, Arteta replied: “I don’t think I’m too hard on that to be fair. I don’t know the internal perception. There is a minimum score and you cannot pass.
“If someone is going to pass it because they’ve scored 25 or 30 goals, the dressing room has to accept that. First of all, you have to score 25 or 30 goals.
“Maybe they say ‘listen but don’t practice, practice once a week and then play’. They will decide. If they’re happy with that and with me, no problem.”
“If they’re happy and can live with that, everyone is happy. You have to do it, hey?”
Asked if the team would be willing to accept a lack of effort from a star player, Arteta added: ‘I don’t work with impressions I work with reality. I like to see, I want to smell and feel how this is going and if possible to anticipate problems. ‘
Aubameyang insists it’s a problem with Arteta That has prompted him to leave the club but the striker has yet to go into details of the situation.
But if he continues to talk on the pitch, the decision to let him go could be increasingly costly.
Aubameyang’s departure means that the only two recognized Nos at the club are Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, both of whom are out of contract in the summer and the club may not have enough firepower to claim it. position in the top four.
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